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into the conversation. you were talking earlier -- cnn has obtained a copy of what prime minister netanyahu will say tonight. many will say this man doesn't want peace, but he will address those skeptics. >> he says, i did not come here to win an argument, i came here to forge peace. saying, president abbas, we cannot erase the past, but it is in our power to change the future. i've talked to a couple of senior diplomats. one told me netanyahu is not stupid, he knows his legacy is on the line here. a second diplomat told me he may be ready to do a deal here. we'll see whether he follows through. the language we'll see in his remarks suggest that benjamin netanyahu knows his reputation for being a hard-liner and he wants to show he's very serious. >> ed, back to you in a moment. you see the president of the united states in the middle. the prime minister of it's really, the king of jordan, the president of the palestinian authority and the prime minister of israel, as those leaders take their seats. the president of the united states. >> good evening, everyone. tomorrow, after nearly two years, israe
to reconcile that desire with israel's need for security. >> the israeli prime minister netanyahu talking to president mahmoud abbas of the palestinian authority. hamas claimed responsibility for killings in the west bank. abbas says the hamas has no right to represent palestinians back up these talks will be difficult. it is important for the united states to remain engaged. >> it will be important for the united states to recognize the difficult position in which netanyahu finds himself% not just because he has strong opposition to what he is trying to achieve in the peace talks, but because at issue, from my point of view, is that -- is israel's own future, its state. they are still in hostile territory. you have hamas who don't want to engage in peace talks. you have people in the region who would just as soon see israel wiped off the face of the earth. that is the reality. that is the neighborhood in which netanyahu finds himself. the united states has to be very careful that it does not weaken -- this will surprise many people -- they cannot weaken israel's position. israel is a ver
. the israeli view and review of this government and prime minister netanyahu is first of all, until this particular time in previous endeavors of negotiation with the palestinians, the need for a settlement freeze was never brought up, never demanded, and did not exist. in their view, one should not require the other. the second point, they would say, is that the prime minister announced last november a 10- month settlement freeze because there was so much desire for there to be a freeze in the building of settlements in the west bank, in the hope that that would spur this palestinian authority to come to talks. it took them nine months to take advantage of that. the prime minister said, i said from the beginning, this is a onetime gesture. i don't see any reason for having to extended when this was the deal from the beginning. if the palestinian authority is going to demand an extension of it or walk out, then how serious can you possibly be about peace talks? so that is the israeli perspective. tavis: so whether one agrees orr netanyahu, you are in the region tonight. what is it d
for security. >> the israeli prime minister netanyahu talking to palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas days after four israelis were killed on the west bank with hamas claimed responsibility. hamas is against the peace talks and said abbas has no right to represent all palestinians. how did these talks go anywhere? >> it will be very difficult to as important that the united states remain engaged. i think it will be very important for the united states to recognize the difficult position in which netanyahu finds himself. it is not just because he has strong opposition to what he is trying to achieve in the peace talks, but because at issue from my point of view is israel's own future, its state. they are still in a hostile territory. you have hamas that does not want any kind of peace talks with israel. you have people in the region who would just as soon see israel wiped off the face of the earth. that is the reality that is the neighborhood in which netanyahu finds himself. the united states has to be very careful that it does not weaken israel's position. israel is a very, very diff
and frustrated hopes. >> the israelis and palestinians admit the talks will be difficult. netanyahu said painful concessions and -- concessions are required from both sides >> people from israel, and i as the prime minister, are prepared to walk this road and to go a long way, a long way in a short time. to achieve a genuine peace that will bring our people security, prosperity, and good neighbors. >> president abbas restated his conditions for the talks. one central command is the halt to the construction of jewish settlements. but abbas said both sides know it is needed and expressed confidence that a deal could be reached. the two leaders are to meet again on september 14, and every fortnight thereafter as they see a final peace deal with than a year. >> i spoke earlier to our washington correspondent and asked him more about what had been discussed and how the middle east leaders plan to move forward. >> well, they announced that they're there to meet now every two weeks. the next meeting or take place in the region on the 14th and 15th of september in the presence of secretary of state hill
minister netanyahu, president abbas, and calorie content. this is half an hour. >> good afternoon and welcome to the department of state in washington, d.c. today, we have successfully re- launched direct negotiations between the -- among the united states, israel, and the palestinian authority in pursuit of a final agreement, a final settlement and a just peace, two states living side by side. george mitchell will give a statement and answer a few of your questions, but we still have meetings going on with the parties and will have -- he'll have to return upstairs rather rapidly to rejoin the negotiations. but here's senator mitchell. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. the parties have just concluded the first round of trilateral talks. the meeting lasted about an hour and a half. it began with a plenary session involving the full u.s., israeli, and palestinian delegations on the eighth floor of the state department and then broke to a smaller meeting in the secretary of state's personal office involving prime minister netanyahu, president abbas, secretary clinton, and myse
talks a waste of time. prime minister netanyahu has refused to put a more -- extend the moratorium on building. >> preparing the ground for new homes in the community in the west bank. israel's moratorium had lasted 10 months and was a crucial element in bringing the palestinians back into negotiations with israelis. all eyes will be on what happens on the ground. shortly before the restrictions on construction ended, inside of the west bank they had ground for a day care center for children. settlers vowed that work would begin on 2000 homes across the west bank. there are around 300,000 settlers from the living there, as well as pro-settler coalition parties. the latest events are a direct challenge to the palestinian leader, who threatened to walk away if the moratorium was not extended. palestinians extended the message to the arab league. >> serious negotiations and settlement activity that should stop immediately. this is the only way to continue fruitful talks. >> the israeli government is urging the palestinians to stay in the talks. >> ultimately, only through direct and s
in the trilateral meeting. both prime minister netanyahu and president abas condemned all forms of violence that targeted innocent civilians and pleanged to work together to maintain security. they reiterated their goals for two states of two peoples. to establish a viable state of palestine along a secured state of israel. robert leadses now. tony blair here in washington. and a special assistant to former president clinton on arab-israel affairs. they met for really less than two hours. what can we draw from this? is this really just the start? >> absolutely. this was a breakthrough and just getting the two sides to the stable. today was a meeting for them to get acquainted and to really set the parameters of what they are going to talk about. i believe that the comments that both sides made were very important. both sides went out of their way to address each other's needs. president spoke of condemning violence. about the unacceptability of terrorism. prime minister netanyahu spoke about palestinian sovereignty. i think there's some good will there. >> and it appear ls they are still go
netanyahu. the president will make a statement at 5:22 on those talks taking place tomorrow. you can watch his remarks from the rose garden at 5:20 eastern. this evening, more from the president and middle east leaders as they will speak with reporters from the east room. joining present obama, prime minister netanyahu, and palestinian leader of bosnia's king abdallah of jordan and egypt and president hosni mubarak prepense see the five leaders speak today -- today live at 7:00 eastern. a short time ago, the president and israeli prime minister made a statement after meeting earlier today. from the white house, this is about 5 minutes. >> hello, everybody. prime minister netanyahu and i had a very productive discussion about our shared efforts to advance the cause of peace between israelis and palestinians and throughout the middle east. i will have more to say about the meeting today not only with prime minister netanyahu but with the other participants in the rose garden later this afternoon. i wanted to specifically take some time out to speak to the people of israel and to the region a
kripted that attack, four israelis dead. we expect him to appear with president benjamin netanyahu here shortly. yesterday the prime minister appeared with hillary clinton, all parties, of course, condemned the attacks, said that they will not be subject to sabotage. in the short term the israeli moratorium expires on september 26th and many people believe if israel lifts that moratorium that's the end of these talks. listen, contessa, there have been successes in these talks in this setting at the white house. in 1979 just behind me on the north lawn, anwar sadat sat down with jimmy carter and signed an accord. both of those gentlemen, sadat and rabin paid for that agreement with their lives. they were both assassinated. all the emotion and seemingly never cycle of violence in the middle east. >>> martin, let me turn to you. when we look at issues like attacks that just happened, one jewish settler a pregnant woman killed there, four of them killed in total, how influential can mahmoud abbas be with these hamas hat are willing to take these lives? >> reporter: he's not influential at a
minister netanyahu were here last week, and they came with a sense of purpose and seriousness and cordiality that, frankly, exceeded a lot of people's expectations. what they said was that they were serious about negotiating. they affirmed the goal of creating two states, living side by side in peace and security. they have set up a schedule where they're going to meet every two weeks. we are actively participating in that process. secretary of state hillary clinton will be flying to the middle east for the first series of next meetings on september 14th and 15th. and so what we've done is to bring the parties together to try to get them to recognize that the path for israeli security and palestinian sovereignty can only be met through negotiations. and these are going to be tough negotiations. there are enormous hurdles between now and our endpoint, and there are going to be a whole bunch of folks in the region who want to undermine these negotiations. we saw it when hamas carried out these horrific attacks against civilians -- and explicitly said, we're going to try to do th
. we will do everything possible to help you. >> prime minister netanyahu said that president abbas had to recognize israel as the jewish homeland. the middle east, he said, was changing, and so were the security guarantees israel would need. >> we have had the rise of iran and its proxies' and the rise of missile warfare. soak a peace agreement must take into account security arrangements -- so a peace agreement must take into account security arrangements against this real threat. >> at the heart of the issue will be the borders of an independent palestine. jewish settlements would most likely be removed from land allocated to the new state. the political future of jerusalem, where both sides want a capital, and justice for the palestinian refugee families who lost their homes when israel was created in 1948. in a few jewish settlements in the occupied west bank, building has restarted, despite an official construction freeze. it is a response to the killing of four settlers by, saw this week. israel says the freeze stops at the end of this month. palestinian president says that if it
that this was important to us. what i've said to prime minister netanyahu is that given so far the talks are moving forward in a constructive way, it makes sense to extend that moratorium so long as the takes are moving in a constructive way. because ultimately the way to solve these problems is for the two sides to agree, what's it going to be, israel? what's it going to be, the state of palestine? and if you can get that agreement, then you can start constructing anything that the people of of israel see fit. now, i think the policies of prime minister netanyahu is very different. there has been a coalition that says, we don't want to continue this. so i've said, you've got to show the israeli public that you are serious and constructive in these talks so that the politics for prime minister netanyahu, if he were going to extend the settlement moratorium, would be a little bit easier. and, you know, one of the goals i think that i've set for myself and for my team is to make sure that president habas and prime minister netanyahu start thinking about, how can they help the other succeed as opposed
of the two sides became clear. israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu asked the palestinian side to take strict terror. measures. >> security is the foundation of peace. without it peace will unravel. >> reporter: but the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas demanded israeli government to freeze the settlement expansion and the future palestinian territory. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the series of incidents in the west bank, armed palestinians opened fire on jewish settlers. the attacks prompted israelis to voice their opposition to direct peace talks. the palestinian israeli group hamas has declared that it will continue attacks on jewish settlers in apparent attempt to block the peace process. on the first day of the direct talks, the two sides condemned the violence to civilians. they then agreed to meet every further details. in the past, u.s. administrations have failed in the attempt to mediate a middle east peace process. in addition to the different positions of the two sides, moves to disrupt the peace process have already come to light. the attention is focused on how determine
netanyahu, later this after that, he'll meet with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas in a new effort to jump start stalled peace talks. we're live to molly henneberg live at the white house. what is the president doing to prod these two into talks? >> reporter: top israeli and palestinian leaders haven't met face to face since december 2008 and last night in his speech on iraq from the oval office president obama mentioned briefly his efforts to try to get both sides back together again. here's more: >> today, both adversaries are at peace and emerging democracies are potential partners. it stretches from asia to the america, a new push for peace in the middle east will begin here, tomorrow. >> reporter: the president who has said he wants a peace deal within a year is meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and will meet later today with mahmoud abbas. all of them will have a dinner at the white house later tonight, and direct talks are expected to begin tomorrow at the state department. jenna: as both sides approach the meetings, molly, what are they saying? >> reporter: sim
minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas for restarting the talks in the face of such doubts. >> you each have taken an important step toward freeing your peoples from the shackles of a history we cannot change, and moving toward a future of peace... >> woodruff: but to get to that future, a litany of issues will need resolution: the status of israeli-controlled jerusalem, which palestinians want partitioned; the end of the 43-year occupation of the west bank, and the status of israeli settlements there; the borders of a potential palestinian state; the rights of palestinian refugees; the all-important question of water rights in an arid land; and the establishment of security. that issue was highlighted by shooting attacks on the west bank this week that left four israeli settlers dead and two others wounded. netanyahu acknowledged a long and tough road lies ahead. >> now, this will not be easy. a true peace, a lasting peace, would be achieved only with mutual and painful concessions from both sides. >> woodruff: to that end, the israeli leader told the palest
benjamin netanyahu said he would make no promisees. why would i like the movie? >> it seems the one part of this is clearly left wide open. we have one time between now and september 26. until now, netanyahu wants to say to the kneset, i have these talks without preconditions. i think he thinks that helps him domestically as well. once he's inside the talks, he may say, there are no preconditions. you could go for the settlement clusters, but not the other 95% for the west bank. it would mark for the first time by the netanyahu government of different types of settlements. i'm not sheer to say i know how it is going to be solved. if there is, you know, a push for building, he's out. netanyahu is saying, i'm not going to continue what exists. the question is, if between those positions there is a certain middle ground each side could be happy. there is some drama now. between now and september 26, i think this is the first test of the talks, and i think this issue has to be addressed in some form. even if netanyahu goes for the meridor idea, i think that is a different way to signal to th
. israeli prime minister netanyahu was a guest recently on our program and he said, quote, the greatest threat facing humanity, humanity, that's the world, is that iran would acquire nuclear weapons. if israel feels that strongly and you don't directly assure them, don't you fear that they might do a first strike? >> translator: so you think that we are concerned -- we should be concerned about allaying mr. netanyahu's fears and concerns? >> larry: yeah -- >> translator: why should we be doing that for him? who is he? >> larry: he's the head of a country -- >> translator: who is he in the first place to begin with? he is a skilled killer. all dictators in the world have condemned others, and he's one of many of them. >> larry: maybe -- >> translator: -- put on trial for killing palestinians, for placing gaza under seeriege, wh is against the law and against the spirit of the charter of the united nations. he should be put on trial for killing women and children and you want to allay his fears and concerns -- >> larry: i want to allah yours -- >> translator: allow me to ask a question fr
forces a shift in priority. that's what happened when we saw israeli prime minister netanyahu and president abbas coe to taun to reopen the peace talks. and they actually talked to each other. >> i see you a partner for peace. together, we can lead our people to a historic future that can put an end to claims and to conflict. >> let us sign an agreement for peace and put an end to a very long period of struggle. gwen: but is it real? and why are we seeing this now? there is something remarkable about watching netanyahu turn to abbas and say, sign your agreement for peace. they don't like each other. >> they don't like each other until relatively recently. the white house wouldn't have chosen this month to do this. they were trying to turn the page to the economy. a president can't control the pace of diplomacy. president obama has been trying to get these talks since day one. so you have to ask, what took you so long. gwen: which is very different from what the last president did. it took a long time. >> that's right. there is a settlement freeze right now, construction freeze
-state solution for the palestinian conflict. let me start by asking you this. we had netanyahu saying it takes a hawk to bring us lasting peace. that's an interesting statement because the other side's hawks are not represented in the equation. does that mean netanyahu means hamas should be brought in. >> for the israeli side, the number one issue is security. they will go along with a deal if they feel real security is being promised and that the government feels it can be provided. the only side they're going to believe is the more hawkish side, when the doves or the more liberal folks try to bring peace plans before, the israelis haven't felt as confident as they would if netanyahu tells them it's okay. there's going be security. >> i know you're for peace. your organization. but you think netanyahu may be able to pull this off. the second element is does he really want to? >> that's the big question. that's the variable we'll find out. we'll have a good indication in the next month based on whether or not israelis extend what they have. if you have the political will, you can get this done
by phone sunday to israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu imposed the moratorium last november to try to get palestinians back to the bargaining table. he says he wants to continue negotiations but rejecting calls by president obama and palestinian leaders to extend the ban. palestinians insist construction makes it impossible for them to create a viable, independent state. >> palestinians have to choose between sitting down and talking peace with us and turning their backs on us. and not having -- missing yet another historic opportunity to reach peace. >> reporter: abbas plans to take the issue to a meeting of arab states next week. and under netanyahu, the number of housing units put up in the west bank is at its lowest level since the 1970s. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington for us this morning, thank you. >>> rescue crews in chile still hope to begin pulling the 33 trapped miners to safety beginning in november. the first of three rescue capsules arrived there over the weekend. the miners will be pulled to the surface one by one. it has compressed air and a
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was very much right for this meeting that we have between president obama and prime minister netanyahu of israel and president mahmoud abbas. something. if you don't, it leaves a vacuum that iran can exploit. this is a particularly horrible time because you have an uncertain government in iraq, you have got a restless hamas, you have uncertainty with the surge in afghanistan, a difficult mission for the iÑib countries, jordan, saudi arabia, egypt pressing to get something done so the president looks like he is getting the palestinian-israeli issue moving, and i think you have got, right now, the old alliance. you have a boss and netanyahu. they are old enemies. they know each other. >>sj1z what people may not understand is this is always a discussion about realistic, isn't it? >> it absolutely is. precious real estate, special to two religions. very emotional realistic. wai went through the end of apartheid in south africa. it can be done. >> it does not mean something should not be done. now was the time to start doing it again. >> i hear whispers of the a single-state solution. thi
. benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abbas will hold face-to-face talks on thursday. netanyahu will meet obama for preliminary talks on issues such as the status of jerusalem and jewish building of settlements on the west bank's. later, he met a palestinian leader. jordan's king and egypt ruler were also attending. the talks came after hamas gunmen shot dead four jewish settlers. funerals for the victims were held earlier wednesday. >>> the u.s. and israeli leaders condemned the killings but said they would not derail the talks in washington. >> the message should go out to hamas and everybody else who is taking credit for these heinous crimes that this is not going to stop us from not only ensuring that a secure israel but also securing a longer lasting peace in which people throughout the region can take a different course. >> i think that the president's statement as an expression of our desire to fight against this terror, and the talks we had, which were indeed open, productive, serious in the quest for peace, also centered around the need to have security arrangements that are able to ro
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